Web design and development have existed for nearly as long as websites have existed. It used to have a much simpler definition because building a website was a much simpler process. When you compare the first website, which was launched in 1991, to modern websites, you can see how far websites have progressed. Creating and maintaining a website is more complex nowadays, requiring an entire ecosystem of roles and skill sets.

It can be difficult for designers to figure out where they fit in this ecosystem. This article outlines the major aspects of the website development process, providing a clear picture of your role, the roles of others, and the skill sets required.